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The Rocky Mountain Map Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps and other items of cartographic interest. The Society was formed in 1991 and is based in Denver, Colorado.  Upcoming meetings, past events and other information can be found at the tabs above. We hope to see you soon!



  • Upcoming Talks:

  • Map Month, May 2024: Persuasive Maps

    • Popular Promotional Cartography of the Southwest: The Art of Persuasion by Dennis Reinhartz
      Tuesday, May 21 2024 @ 5:30 PM MT

      • ​This presentation looks at how popular cartography (postcard maps, state road maps, chamber of commerce maps, souvenir maps, and more) are used to promote (persuade/attract visitors) to the Southwest, its states, and its localities. After a university career of over forty years and having retired in 2008, Dennis Reinhartz is now an emeritus professor of history and Russian at the University of Texas in Arlington. Dennis is the author or editor of 14 books and numerous book chapters and scholarly articles related to his fields of interest. He is past president of the Society for the History of Discoveries, Arid Lands Studies Association, Western Social Science Association, Historical Society of New Mexico, and Texas Map Society.

      • In-person meeting or via Zoom

    • Colonialism in the Cartouche: Imagery and Power in Early Modern Maps by Chet Van Duzer
      Tuesday, May 28 2024 @ 5:30 PM MT

      • ​The role of maps as tools of colonial control is well known. The decorative cartouches on maps are the places where the cartographer often signals to the viewer his or her interests or prejudices, but the colonialist messages conveyed by cartouches are underexplored. In this lecture, Chet examines colonialist imagery in several cartouches from the end of the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century, both to show the visual vocabulary of this colonialist discourse and to stimulate further study of cartouches of this type.

        Chet Van Duzer is a historian of cartography and a board member of the Lazarus Project at the University of Rochester, which brings multispectral imaging (a technology for recovering information from damaged manuscripts) to cultural institutions around the world. He has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps. His recent books include Henricus Martellus’ World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral Imaging, Sources and Influence, Martin Waldseemuller’s Carta Marina of 1516: Study and Transcription of the long Legends, and Frames that Speak: Cartouches on Early Modern Maps. His current project is on self-portraits by cartographers that appear on maps. 


      • In-person meeting or via Zoom

  • Curtis Bird has YouTube interviews with various map makers (link)


  • The Rocky Mountain Map Society has a YouTube Page now! Past talks are available to view whenever you like. Check it out!

  • Our friend John Docktor has a wonderful list of all upcoming map events, not just in the USA, but across the pond as well. Please check it out!

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